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One killed as skiers caught in Revelstoke, B.C., avalanche

A view of the top of Mount Mackenzie at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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An avalanche has swept down the backside of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, catching up a group of three skiers and killing one of them.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Friday the group was skiing in an out-of-bounds area a distance from the resort in the Greely Lake area when the avalanche came down earlier in the day.

"A number of the group were able to get out to summon further help and are speaking with RCMP investigators and search and rescue," he said.

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Rob Elliot, general manager of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, said the three were part of a group of five or six men.

Moskaluk said other members of the group were able to rescue two of the three people involved, but the third person was found dead.

"I don't know what equipment they were equipped with, but they did self-rescue," Moskaluk said, adding the body will be recovered Saturday.

Neither Elliot nor Moskaluk could give the skiers ages or where they are from.

Canadian Avalanche Centre forecasts indicate a high danger rating in many areas of the province, meaning travel isn't recommended in the alpine and at the treeline.

The rating also means that natural avalanches are likely and human-triggered avalanches are very likely.

A series of weather systems has dumped heavy snow on many B.C. mountains.

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While the risk is supposed to decrease tomorrow, the avalanche centre indicates the threat will rise again on Sunday when another storm moves in.

The areas where the danger is high include the South Coast, Sea-to-Sky, the North and South Columbia, Monashees and Selkirks, Kootenay-Boundary, the Purcells and the South Rockies.

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